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Jennifer Egan wins fiction Pulitzer Prize

Jennifer Egan’s inventive novel about the passage of time, "A Visit from the Goon Squad," won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction Monday, honored for its "big-hearted curiosity about cultural change at warp speed." Egan, 48, has been highly praised for her searching and unconventional narratives about modern angst and identity. Her other novels include "The …

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Film week offers world class cinema, closer look at Turkish culture

Local interest in Turkish culture has grown steadily in recent years, prompted in large part by the popularity of dubbed Turkish soap operas such as Nour on satellite television. The Turkish government’s increasingly Middle East-focused political stance has also bolstered the country’s standing in the region, leading to increased appetite for more information about this …

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Kafka receives a superb Icelandic treatment in St. Petersburg

Kafka’s classic “The Metamorphosis” has been subjected to countless interpretations over the years. Few have strayed away from the original text, there’s simply nothing much to add to an already perfect work. A heavy reworking of Kafka’s vision would instantly be deemed sacrilegious. In a new adaptation, which premiered last week at the European Theater …

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Lies claim lands ‘Three Cups of Tea’ in hot water

America’s bestselling author of "Three Cups of Tea," an inspiring account of building schools in Afghanistan, fought for his reputation Monday after a report said he’d made up much of the story. Greg Mortenson’s book has sold more than four million copies and become required reading at the Pentagon, which sees the attempt to bring …

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‘Rio’ soars to year’s best film debut

Audiences flocked to theaters to see tropical bird comedy "Rio," knocking fellow kid-flick "Hop" off its perch to score the best debut weekend of the year, industry data showed Sunday. The 3-D cartoon, about pet macaw Blu — voiced by "Social Network" star Jesse Eisenberg — who bolts from chilly climes to the beaches of …

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30 Hosnis: Mubarak’s image still remains as art

Articulate Baboon opened its latest show in its Designopolis gallery space entitled “30 Hosnis” by Ali Ali, a new emerging artist. Ali is the man who created the Egyptian Panda brand cheese advertisements in 2010 that were wildly successful for their hilarity. The videos of the ad went viral, becoming a Youtube sensation and the …

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Almodovar says new film is unlike past works

Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar said Friday his new movie which will take part at the Cannes Film Festival next month is unlike any other film which he has made so far. The movie, "La Piel Que Habito" (The Skin I Live In) starring Antonio Banderas, is a tale of revenge centered on a plastic …

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How to get Egypt’s artwork to meet its revolution

By Mariam Hamdy During the last couple of years of my work as an art critic and writer, I have had a rather sinister belief on the edge of my thoughts. Having brushed it off time and again in an attempt to remain optimistic and hopeful, the thought has been threatening to be realized as a …

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Eklego engages local artists, gives back, with Design for Egypt initiative

Like many on the local creative scene, the team at Eklego, an innovative Cairo-based interior design, furniture and architecture firm best-known for their work on the SODIC sales center, has found the spirit of the January 25 Revolution an irresistible inspiration for new creations. In a new initiative, Design for Egypt, Eklego’s team has combined …

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Almodovar, Malick films selected for Cannes competition

Spanish director Pedro Almodovar’s "The Skin That I Inhabit" and US director Terrence Malick’s "Tree of Life" are among 19 films competing at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, organizers said Thursday. Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier’s "Melancholia" was also selected from a total 1,715 films considered, Thierry Fremaux, who heads the festival’s selection panel, told …

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The Doctor’s in for Another Season

The medical drama “Lahazat Harega” (Critical Moments) has already started rolling its cameras for its run into the third season. Produced by Dubai-based Outlook Entertainment , “Lahazat” is the first medical drama made in the Middle East. The drama features many TV and movie notables donning the blue or green scrubs. The star cast includes …

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Sands, not lights, cover Gaza archaeology sites

Five thousand years of fascinating history lie beneath the sands of the Gaza Strip, from blinded biblical hero Samson to British general Allenby. The flat, sandy lands on the Mediterranean’s southeastern shore have been ruled by Ancient Egyptians, Philistines, Romans, Byzantines and Crusaders. Alexander the Great besieged the city. Emperor Hadrian visited. Mongols raided Gaza, …

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‘The Unwritten’ bridges fiction to reality

In the swirling story that permeates the series "The Unwritten," the protagonist Tom Taylor is enveloped by the uncertain fear that exploits of boy wizard Tommy Taylor might be more than just stories loved by millions. Rather, Tom and Tommy might be one and the same, separated only by the porous boundary of reality intersecting …

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Dispatches from the 14th Europe Theater Prize

With little fanfare and plenty of enthusiasm, the 14th Europe Theater Prize commenced on Tuesday evening with Russian performance “Honey” by veteran theater director Yuri Lyubimov. The Europe Theater Prize is a theater festival celebrating the best of European theater. The Prize was founded by the European Commission in 1986 to create a platform for …

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Film offers a look into the life of poet Zein Elabidin Fouad

Amr Bayoumi’s film about Egyptian poet and political activist Scren Grap of Zein Elabidin Fouad., “Who Can Arrest Egypt?” was screened last night at the Cairo Opera’s Artistic Creativity Center. The 50-minute documentary, filmed in 2009 and presented for the first time in 2010 on Al Jazeera, was updated following the revolution to include a …

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Tributes pour in for film-making great Lumet

Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese led the tributes as the film world mourned Sunday the loss of director Sidney Lumet, a master film-maker identified strongly with his beloved New York. Lumet, who died Saturday from cancer, was nominated four times unsuccessfully for a Best Director Academy Award with "Dog Day Afternoon" and "Network" numbering among …

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Local graphic arts magazine launches second issue

Graphic arts enthusiasts flocked to the French Cultural Center in Mounira on Sunday evening to celebrate the launch of the second issue of TokTok, Egypt’s breakout graphic arts magazine. The well-organized and attended event featured a signing with the artists and a display of drawings from the new issue. Attendees also enjoyed refreshments and the …

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Lumet, ’12 Angry Men’ and ‘Network’ director, dies

Sidney Lumet, the award-winning director of such acclaimed films as "Network," "Serpico," "Dog Day Afternoon" and "12 Angry Men," has died. He was 86. Lumet’s death was confirmed by relatives and friends, who said he died early Saturday morning at his Manhattan home. He had suffered from lymphoma. A Philadelphia native, Lumet moved to New …

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Saint Petersburg hosts the Europe Theatre Prize this week

From April 12 till 18, Saint Petersburg, Russia will host to one of the biggest theater events in Europe: the 14th edition of Europe Theatre Prize and the 12th edition of Europe Prize New Theatrical Realities. The Prize events will take place under the support and patronage of the Russian Government with its Ministry of …

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THE REEL ESTATE: Cracking the Source Code

British filmmaker Duncan Jones — the son of British rock legend David Bowie — made a big splash two years ago with his acclaimed debut feature “Moon” starring Sam Rockwell. A one-man show for the underrated American actor, “Moon” was the rarest of beasts: a smart, thought-provoking sci-fi film with art-house sheen devoid of the …

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Shock in Jenin after theater director’s murder

The murder of an Israeli-Palestinian theater director drew international condemnation as shocked colleagues refused to believe he was killed for his art. Juliano Mer-Khamis, a well-known actor and theater director born of Jewish and Arab parents, died on Monday in the Jenin refugee camp when a gunman opened fire on his car as he was …

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After 5 decades, R. Crumb’s art shocks, edifies

Robert Crumb finds it odd that 90 pieces of his work are hanging on the wall or protected under glass at a new exhibit featuring the underground "Zap Comix," "Bijou Funnies" and so many more. "R. Crumb: Lines Drawn on Paper," on display through April 30 at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society …

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Linda Cleary: Speaking truth in poetry

  Linda Cleary is in Cairo for the long haul. A native of Manchester, England, the poet, writer and artist visited Cairo five times before taking up residence in Dokki 15 months ago. From her first visit, Cleary has become a fixture in local arts circles, quickly connecting with established artists, writers and gallerists while …

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Picasso loan to West Bank a study in complications

A Palestinian art academy is preparing to spruce itself up for a famous guest: a $7 million Pablo Picasso masterpiece that would be the first displayed in the West Bank. But simply arranging the painting’s journey remains a far more difficult work in progress over complications such as finding reliable transport and clearing Israeli checkpoints. …

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Jewish-Arab director shot dead in northern West Bank

By Saif Dahlah/AFP Masked gunmen shot dead a well-known Jewish-Arab actor and director on Monday in the northern West Bank town of Jenin, Palestinian police and medics said. The killing of Juliano Mer-Khamis, a rare figure straddling the bitter Israel-Palestinian divide, sparked outrage on both sides and was condemned by the Palestinian prime minister as a …

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Congo artists exhibit work in South Africa

A sculptural bust made of discarded bullet cartridges has a protruding belly with a hole in it. Another bust encased in a large glass case has holes in its heart, belly and thigh. "The hole represents life," Freddy Tsimba, 43, said of the busts he made using tens of thousands of bullet cartridges he has …

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Revolutionary art takes over Abdeen Square

The Cairo glitterati were out in force to support the arts in Abdeen Square on Saturday in the biggest post-Jan. 25 cultural event to date. “Al Fann Midan” (Art is a Square) is the first ever festival put on by the Independent Artists Coalition, a company conceived of and born during the revolution. The festival …

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Design collaboration: House of Egypt

Some would say it’s capitalizing on the current revolution trend, others say it is about giving back to Egypt. Call it what you will, but the crop of talent and designs that have flourished since the January 25 Revolution is to be admired. Young designers have rushed back to their workshops and factories to start …

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On the State of Egypt: Local insight for an international audience

By Caroline Curran Lauded for his novels, infamous for his sometimes caustic, often overtly political writings, things are never dull with Alaa Al-Aswany — especially when so-called tyrants and hypocrites are involved. Until recently, English readers had access to only one side of Al-Aswany’s literary output. Though a great window into Egyptian society and thoroughly entertaining, …

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Bloggers join hands to create Japan ‘Quakebook’

Inspired by a desire to help victims of Japan’s deadly earthquake, a group of bloggers and writers have come together through the Internet to create a book of stories about the disaster. The result, "Quakebook," is a moving collection of photos, memories and reflections about the massive tremor and monster tsunami that demonstrates the power …

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